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5 Early Predictions for the Cleveland Browns’ 2014 Season

5 Early Predictions for the Cleveland Browns' 2014 Season

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Cleveland has generated great buzz this offseason after selecting quarterback Johnny Manziel in the draft. With a new sense of excitement surrounding the organization, the Browns enter the season as one of the NFL's most interesting teams to follow. Now, Cleveland has to turn this excitement into on-field production. Here are five bold predictions for the Browns' 2014 season.

5. Barkevious Mingo will record 10 sacks

Barkevious Mingo, 	Cleveland Browns
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5. Barkevious Mingo will record 10 sacks

Barkevious Mingo, 	Cleveland Browns
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Barkevious Mingo had a somewhat disappointing rookie campaign. He posted five sacks, but was unable to emerge as the difference-maker many assumed he would be. In his second season, look for Mingo to emerge as a special pass-rusher. His elite athleticism paired with a new defensive system under Mike Pettine and defensive coordinator Jim O'Neil will result in a double-digit sack total.

4. Ben Tate will rush for over 1,200 yards

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4. Ben Tate will rush for over 1,200 yards

Ben Tate, Cleveland Browns
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The Browns signed former Texans backup running back Ben Tate to be their feature back this offseason. Tate has handled big workloads in the past, but it will be interesting to see how he handles being the primary offensive weapon in Cleveland. Luckily for Tate, he will have a good offensive line in front of him. He should have a very good 2014 season.

3. Jordan Cameron will have 11 touchdown receptions

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3. Jordan Cameron will have 11 touchdown receptions

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Josh Gordon's status for the 2014 season is still up in the air, but it is reasonable to assume he will be suspended for the entire year. Without Gordon, Cleveland's passing game is in big trouble. The Browns will need tight end Jordan Cameron to take over as the team's primary receiving threat. Cameron had a great season in 2013, but he will need to up his production in 2014 to help fill the void left by Gordon.

2. Joe Haden will be named All-Pro again

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2. Joe Haden will be named All-Pro again

Joe Haden, Cleveland Browns
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The Browns gave Joe Haden a massive contract extension this offseason, making him one of the highest paid cornerbacks in the NFL. Haden, an All-Pro in 2013, will look to continue his stellar play and make another All-Pro team this season. Opposing teams will likely try to avoid throwing at Haden, but his impact will still be felt.

1. Johnny Manziel will be named the starting QB by Week 11

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1. Johnny Manziel will be named the starting QB by Week 11

Johnny Manziel, Cleveland Browns
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Cleveland will try to be patient with Johnny Manziel and allow him to learn from the sidelines early on. However, watch for Manziel to take over the starting role from Brian Hoyer later on in the season. Week 11 is a week to watch for Manziel's first start. The Browns have 10 days off before the game and they play at the Houston Texans. A Johnny Football homecoming would be a a very intriguing storyline.

 

Kevin Major is a Miami Heat writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @KevinMajor_Rant, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google